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Friday, May 29, 2015

Patbingsoo South Melbourne

Address: 128 York St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Phone: 03 8060 5771


Opening Hours: Lunch: MON-SAT (11:30 AM-4 PM),
                Dinner: WED-SAT (6PM-9PM)

Staff: Very Welcoming

Price: AUS$12-23

Crushing On: Korean Fried Chicken, Galbi Beef Rib Bibimbab

Crush Level: 8/10

Date of Visit: 13/03/2015


As you may have known on that day I visited lots of restaurants with my sister and brother in law. The last restaurant that I visited was Patbingsoo, a Korean restaurant near Woolworths South Melbourne.

Owners Steph and David decided to open up a Korean restaurant, named Patbingsoo (Korean shaved ice dessert) in Melbourne after their working experience in South Korea.

I saw on the board that they sell kombucha tea. As I’ve never tried that before, I decided to order one ginger & lemongrass kombucha tea. The ginger was quite dominating and I was surprised that there was soda in it. The owner also gave us three small cups of rosehip tea to try. I prefer the ginger one because the rosehip tea was not powerful enough in flavor.

We also opted for several dishes from their menu.

Oppa Gangnam Fries ($10)

Basically the fries mingled between kimchi and sour cream and the sourness, sweetness, and saltiness dancing together in my mouth.

Korean Fried Chicken ($15)

The skin was deliciously crisp and the meat was fall of the bone tender. One of my favorite original fried chickens in Melbourne.

Galbi Beef Rib Bibimbab ($22)

I challenge you to not drool over this picture. One of the tastiest bibimbab in Melbourne. The beef was succulently stunning and everything in the bowl complimented each other extremely well. 

This is by far one of the best Korean snack restaurants in Melbourne. After my first visit, I often order from this restaurant for take-away. One time, I opted for the tteokbokki ($15) and it was certainly different from any other tteokbokki. The rice cake was crisp and the sauce was glistening. Definitely will come back for more. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Passionflower Melbourne

Address: Shop 2, 168 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9663 0033


Opening Hours: SUN-THURS (10 AM – 12 AM), FRI-SAT (10 AM – 01 AM)

Staff: Helpful

Price: AUS$3-50

Crushing On: Chocolate Banana Crepe ($15.50)

Crush Level: 7.5/10

Date of Visit: 13/03/2015

On this particular day (13th of March 2015), I visited a lot of restaurants, one was Criniti’s that I visited my friend, another one was Saigon Pho that I visited with my sister and her husband, and after we dined at Saigon Pho, we still had a little bit more room in our stomach, so we decided to go to CBD to find a dessert to munch on. 

Initially, we wanted to try the coffee at Four of a Kind Café but couldn’t find the exact location of it so we just strolled around and suddenly a tantalizing fragrance brought us to this popular dessert café called Passionflower. Actually, that was not the first time I visited the café.  Last year, I went there with some of my friends to try their green tea ice cream and certainly it was the BOMB. But too bad, I did not take a picture of it so I can’t boast about it on my Instagram. 

As we had just finished our late lunch at Saigon Pho, we agreed to order just one dessert to be shared together, and we opted for the Chocolate Banana Crepe ($15.50)

The hazelnut and white chocolate ice cream was pleasurably sweet and refreshing, same with the crepe. It was quite thin, delicate, rich in sweetness and so satisfying. Seriously, what to expect from a golden combination of chocolate, banana, and ice cream. 

This café serves one of the best ice cream in Melbourne. To be added, they also serve a pretty impressive crepe. Therefore, I cannot find any reason to not re-visit this café in the near future. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saigon Pho

Address: 106 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Phone: 03 9654 9653


Opening Hours: MON-FRI (11:30 AM-09:30 PM), SUN (12:00 PM-09:30 PM)

Staff: Helpful

Food Price: AUS$8-11++

Crushing On: Vietnamese Pork Spring Rolls ($9/8pcs)

Crush Level: 7.5/10

Date of Visit: 13/03/2015

Actually, my sister and her husband had promised to pick me up at my campus and had lunch together but due to “jet-lag” it had to be cancelled. So, I had lunch with my friend, L, at Criniti’s (read my previous post) instead.  Thank God, they decided to wake up just in time when I finished my classes.

After they picked me up at the campus, we decided to visit a restaurant to relieve our hunger and we chose Saigon Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant located near campus, as our late-lunch destination.

The tables were almost empty. I could barely see a single customer at that time. But, what can you expect, it was 3 PM in the afternoon, I bet no one is having lunch at that time.

Food

Vietnamese Pork Spring Rolls ($9/8pcs)
If you happen to count the spring rolls in the picture, you will find 1 spring roll missing and don’t worry because it was not the restaurant’s fault, my bro in law had eaten it before I took the picture because he couldn’t tame his growling stomach.

The spring rolls were so crunchy that I could hear them broke between my teeth. Not to mention, the delightful seasoning and the tantalizing sweet and sour sauce that took the dish to the next level. 

Pho- Sliced Beef & Meatballs ($10.90/regular)

An old time favorite. Who doesn’t like to devour savory, hydrating, and warm soup, topped with succulent thin slices of meats and spongy meatballs. The noodle was also perfectly executed.

Verdict: I appreciate the fact that the restaurant does serve amazing food and it is located near campus. The service was good as well. I will surely be back to enjoy the spring rolls during my free time at Uni. 


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Criniti's - Melbourne

Address: 198-204 Faraday St, Carlton Vic 3053

Phone: 1300 274 648


Opening Hours: 08:00 AM-12:00 AM

Staff: Helpful

Price: AUS$8-150++

Crushing On: Big Breakfast; Rafaello Gelato

Crush Level: 7.5/10

Date of Visit: 13/03/2015

Criniti’s is a well-known Italian restaurant chain based in Sydney. They have already opened 5 restaurants in New South Wales and now they are expanding into Melbourne.

On the day my friend, L, and I were strolling along Lygon to find some tempting eatable goodies, we stumbled upon the newest branch of Criniti’s. From the outside, I didn’t see it as a luxurious restaurant but wow when I stepped into the restaurant, it was absolutely stunning! Especially the VIP area and the bathroom! Yup, the bathroom! You should see it yourselves.

Interior

Food

Profiteroles ($4.50)
I know it is weird but I decided to eat my dessert a little earlier than usual. The profiterole was a great starter. Fluffy choux pastry filled with light and smooth custard, powdered with caster sugar, topped with whipped cream and a slice of strawberry. Such a polished dessert.

Big Breakfast ($19) – Eggs on toast with bacon, pan fried mushrooms, sausages, roasted tomato, sautéed baby spinach, hash-brown, avocado & semi-dried tomatoes. 
I love the mushrooms! They were spongy yet crispy. Furthermore, the eggs were perfectly runny and the main thing is this platter was carby, brunchy, and insanely tasty.

Rafaello Gelato ($4.50)
I started my brunch with a dessert and I also finished it with a dessert. The spinning gelato wheel lured me into ordering one. I opted for the ever so good rafaello gelato.  The bomb of sweetness tingled my tongue. Let the world know that chocolate, coconut, and almond are outstanding buddies. 

Beverages

Mocha ($4)
My friend’s mood booster. 

Iced Chocolate ($4)
Just another average iced chocolate, nothing special and nothing to be complained. 

The desserts and breakfast platter were praiseworthy but the drinks were unremarkable. As for the other mains such as the pasta, pizza, and so on, I can’t give my opinion about them because I haven’t tried them. But for now, I think it is a pleasant restaurant with decent food and interior.
#Most of the pics here were taken by my friend, L, so give some applause to her!

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